The Potential Benefits of Using an Expert Witness
No matter the details of your current case, there’s no denying that there are many benefits to calling on an expert witness. In fact, an expert witness’ opinion may even make or break a case. The testimony expert witnesses provide can oftentimes be the final puzzle piece the jury needed to be convinced of your client’s innocence.
A ballistics expert can shed light on the details of the shooting the occurred in your court case. A medical expert can be the deciding factor in a medical malpractice case, for instance.
Either the defense or the prosecution can bring an expert witness to trial as long as he or she has testimony relevant to the case. Throughout the years, many scientists, academics, forensic experts, and doctors, have provided expert witness services - some of them making careers out of these services.
In reality, we live in a world where the side that hires the most qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable expert witness can often win the trial, thus making expert witness services a profitable industry. Though the realm of education has undergone and continues to experience changes, our society still places a higher value on someone with a higher education. A doctor with an MD from Harvard will charge more for expert witness services, but will most likely be more convincing than a doctor with an MD from a State College University. The bottom line: though some expert witness fees can cost you as much as five figures or more, they’re worth calling upon for your high profile case.
Now, the important thing to remember is that calling upon an expert witness doesn’t guarantee you the outcome you desire; they’re not a hole-in-one. Expert witnesses are required to follow their own professional code of ethics. They must also obey the court rules and attorneys’ professional ethics. In other words, if your goal is to prove your point to the courtroom jury, then you’ll want to choose an expert witness that will come to the conclusion you’re looking for.
Typically, an expert witness is used to make an impartial point; they’re goal is to use scientific information to come to an impartial evaluation of the facts of the case. Once the expert witness has done this, he or she will come to an unbiased conclusion. It is important to note that if the expert witness’ conclusion doesn’t dovetail with the lawyer’s line of argument, the lawyer can then seek another expert opinion. Expert witnesses are often called upon when a controversial issue takes part in a case. When this happens, then it’s not very difficult to find experts with alternating opinions.
In conclusion, though calling an expert witness can get expensive quickly, especially when working with one that’s provided testimony several times before, it can be worth it in the end. Their knowledge and ability to use scientific information to come to an unbiased opinion in front of a jury makes them highly valuable assets.
Disclaimer: Expert Witness does not guarantee or promise any desired legal results based on the content of this article.